A delighted Dave Edwards today vowed to build on the success of last season after putting pen to paper on a new two-year contract.
The Welsh midfielder, who is closing in on 200 appearances for Wolves since arriving six years ago, enjoyed an impressive season as the team clinched the Sky Bet League One title, particularly in scoring six goals and contributing several assists in the final ten games.
And he believes he is extending his Molineux stay at a time when the club are heading in the right direction.
Edwards, pictured signing his new contract alongside Wolves' Club Secretary Richard Skirrow, says: “I’m really delighted to get it done and dusted and to now know that my future lies at Molineux.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time since I came here and especially at the moment with the way the club is going – it’s great to be a part of it and hopefully ride this crest of the wave for another good season next year.
“If Wolves were going to give me a contract offer which I was pleased with there was never any other place I wanted to be.
“The club is going in the right direction now and had such a positive season with everything – on and off the pitch – and you’d be mad to not to want to be a part of it with everything that is happening at the moment.
“I had a great start to my career at Wolves with getting into the Premier League and then staying there for two good seasons before the relegation.
“For that to be followed by another relegation was obviously a massive blow and so we went into next season really needing a boost.
“I think the decisions that were made, bringing the gaffer in and him winning the crowd back, has helped bring about such a feelgood factor again.
“I can only see it heading in one direction now and people coming into the club will surely see everything going on as a massive plus and want to be a part of it.”
This time last season Edwards acknowledged he was at a low ebb given the team’s successive relegations and a number of unfortunate injury problems.
But, one year on, the contrast in fortunes for both him and the team has been substantial.
“I was probably one of the few who didn’t want this season to finish,” he added.
“Everyone was ready for summer but I wanted to carry the season on because I was playing games regularly and felt like I’d got into some really good form.
“I felt as fit as I had since we were in the Premier League.
“Hopefully I can continue all that into next season because I feel really good about myself and am back in love with the game.
“After the successive relegations and the injuries I was picking up, it wasn’t hard to come into work but it was tough and I didn’t really feel I was where I wanted to be with my football.
“But last season has really rekindled my love of the game.
“Of course it always helps if you stay fit and stay on the pitch which I managed to do and hopefully I can have a good, strong season as well.”
Edwards has been appreciative of the opportunity given to him by Head Coach Kenny Jackett, as well as the support of the fans who recognised his influence especially in those closing weeks as the team moved near to promotion.
“I have got a lot to thank the gaffer for – he backed me, put me in the team and gave me a role which brings the best out of me,” says Edwards.
“It has been a privilege to play for this club for the last six years and last season was one of the most enjoyable which hopefully I can continue next year.
“I need to thank the gaffer and Joe Gallen, and the fans as well.
“Over the years I know I have never been a fans’ favourite but to get towards the end of last year and hear them singing my name when I came off at the last game of the season meant a lot to me and my family.
“It felt like I was building a relationship with them again and I certainly want to try and be here for many years to come.
“I hope the fans can see that I always give 100 per cent and hopefully they can see my footballing ability as well.
“I try and get into areas where I can affect the game and I am able to do that thanks to my workrate.
“I hope the fans know that every time I step onto the pitch and every day in training I give my all and that will always be the case.”